Alienated Memory

Alienated Memory

Program 4
Alienated Memory

Monika Adler (UK) – Involuntary Memory, 2013, 3:47
Angela Aguayo (USA) – Deathwork, 2013, 5:27
Aleksander Johan Andreassen (Norway) – A Rock, 2013, 2:29
Collin Bradford (USA) – Deep Horizon, 2013, 6:35
Catherine Del Buono (USA) – How to Not Get Raped, 2014, 3:04
Marina Fomenko (Russia) – Not Water, 2014, 4:44
Analia Fraser (Argentina) – A glance / Una mirada, 2012, 11:00
Ela Goldman (Israel) – “Pogranicze” (Borderlands), 2013, 3:49
Felice Hapetzeder (SWE) – Yesterday was no good day, 2014, 6:00
Che-Yu Hsu (Taiwan) – November 11th 1970, 2012, 8:01
Kenji Kojima (Japan) – Composition Fukushima 2011, 2014
Konstantin Larchenko (Russia) – Story, 2014, 28:00
Richard Legaspi (Philippines) – Waiting, 2013, 14: 43
Elisabeth Leister (USA) – Strange Loop, 2014, 6.45
Filip Gabriel Pudło (Poland) – Operation Castle, 2013, 4.20, 10:00
Denes Rusza (Hungary) – Kids, 2014, 4:06
Mauricio Sanhueza (Peru) – Do You Smell That, 2014; 2:15
Veniamin Tronin (Russia) – Heart, 2013, 30:00
Alienor Vallet (France) – Chronicle of the 6th reach, 2013, 7:00
Alina Vasilchenko (Russia) – I like going the the Pet Stores, 2014,7:00
Simon Welch (France) – Focus, 2014, 7:37
Zaoli Zhong (China) – A Dangerous Question, 2012, 5:35
Xiaowen Zhu (China) – Terminal island, 2013, 10:50

Monika Adler (UK)
Involuntary Memory, 2013, 3:47
The Grandson of a Gulag prisoner suffers from historical trauma resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide across generations. The collective emotional and psychological injuries cause unsettled emotional trauma and depression. He tries to purify and heal memories.

Monika K. Adler is a London-based Polish artist/filmmaker. Her work has been shown in exhibitions and video and film festivals internationally and been published in numerous magazines and publications. She is currently working on her debut feature film MONACO CLUB.

Angela Aguayo (USA)
Deathwork, 2013, 5:27
Darryl digs graves at a rural Midwestern cemetery established in 1863. His daily tasks are common, routine and mostly unnoticed. Taking care of the grounds where his community is laid to rest goes beyond weeding, raking and mowing the grass. Watching over these cemetery grounds also means knowing how history flows through the ritual practices of burying the dead.

Angela J. Aguayo is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Culture at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a media maker-scholar whose work encompasses production, theory, and history. She is an award winning writer, director and producer of four documentary shorts utilized in community engagement campaigns and screened at various festivals including the New York Underground Film Festival, The San Francisco Black Film Festival, The Oakland Underground Film Festival, Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, River’s Edge International Film Festival and many more. She is currently working on her first feature length documentary, The Ritual.

Aleksander Johan Andreassen (Norway)
A Rock, 2013, 2:29
The video was originally shot as part of a portrait documentary about Roy, but the imagery had a life of its own, and I decided to do a short separate work on just the rock and Roy¨s relationship to it.

Aleksander Johan Andreassen is a Norwegian artist working primarily with video and film. He screens his work in exhibitions and festivals. Andreassen has also done videodesign for theater and cinematography on the stop motion film “Orfeus” (2012). He is currently doing his MA in fine art at Konstfack in Stockholm.

Collin Bradford (USA)
Deep Horizon, 2013, 6:35
Sublime landscape imagery is our cultural sedative, meted out in regular doses via advertising for industries like energy and technology. We are fed a calmly utopian optimism born of carefully selected sounds and sublime images. Deep_____ Horizon is an accelerationist response to the deployment of the rhetoric the sublime to sell techno-utopian complacency as compassionate futurism. It both embraces and explodes the visual and musical tropes of techno-utopian advertising, slowly building in speed and volume, starting with idyllic images of wind farms in construction in the countryside and finishing with the violent dissolution of the sound and images.

Collin Bradford makes videos, photographs, objects, architectural interventions, and other forms that explore how we relate as physical beings to the land and to technology and media and how we use language. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Ireland, South Korea, Australia and elsewhere. He works and lives in Grand Rapids, MI, USA, where he also teaches in the Department of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University.

Catherine Del Buono (USA)
How to Not Get Raped, 2014, 3:04
This satirical video was inspired by advice posted on college websites that tell women how to avoid being raped. It speaks to the absurdity of placing responsibility and blame on the victim.

Brooklyn-based video artist Cat Del Buono began drawing and filming at an early age. She received a BA from Boston College, MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and attended the graduate film program at NYU. Her works have been shown in galleries, museums, and festivals including New York, London, Serbia, Sweden, and Hong Kong. Awards include Awesome Foundaiton Winner, Winner of the Baang & Burne New Works Grant, Best in Show at The Art Place Wynwood Miami, a NYFA grant, an SVA Alumni Association award, as well as residencies at ArtCenter Miami Beach and Gallery La Pan Barcelona.

Marina Fomenko (Russia)
Not Water, 2014, 4:44
Travelling by water from Moscow River to Volga River will inevitably bring you to the Moscow Canal locks. Gates are closing, huge walls arise around you, and you become a canal’s prisoner. This confinement in a trap of floodgates reminds us of Gulag prisoners who built this canal. Thousands of them died during construction. We do not know the exact number because the archives were destroyed at the beginning of the World War II. The author’s personal interest stems from the fact that her great-grandfather was a prisoner of the Gulag and participated in the construction of the Moscow Canal.

Marina Fomenko lives in Moscow, Russia, works with video and installation.
Participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals all over the world including Florence, Moscow, Kyoto, Paris, Wroclaw, Amsterdam, Beijing, Seoul, Kiev, Naples, Delhi, St. Petersburg, London and many others. Since 2011 Marina is the founding director and curator of International Video Art Festival “Now&After”.

Analia Fraser (Argentina)
A glance / Una mirada, 2012, 11:00
Hugo and Leandro are two individuals identified by the standards of father and son. They live in an isolated valley near to Ushuaia City. Day after day, in a hostile whether, they live with more than one hundred dogs that they tame. In this context, they give a new meaning to a natural space that offers a unique sense to the relationship between men and nature.

Was born on January 28th of 1986, in Argentina. She is a graduate in Film, tv and video making and Audio Visual Communicator; and has a Professor degree in Audiovisual communication. Her producer in varied formats including television, film, institutional projects and video clips.She performed as an assistant director and led her professional development towards creative áreas.

Ela Goldman (Israel)
“Pogranicze” (Borderlands), 2013, 3:49
“Pogranicze” (Borderlands) shows a “carpet” comprised of over 400 dreidels set on the floor. The dreidels alternately spin to create an almost abstract pattern of color and form. Putting the familiar holiday game into a new context, this work is a tribute to the Jewish culture that was almost annihilated in WW2. The main element in this piece is the dreidel used as a symbol for the continuity of generations. This toy, which my children played with in Israel, is the same as the ones my ancestors used in Poland, before the war, and their heritage lives on with it.

Ela Goldman, born in Poland and currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel, is an interdisciplinary artist, focusing mostly on installation and video-art works. Goldman holds a PhD in from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She has previously studied cinema and theatre and worked as a set designer as well as head of scenography at the Atelier Theatre in Poland. Goldman has won several awards and honorary mentions for her artistic achievements and her works have been shown in prestigious venues in Poland and Israel. Since 1998, Goldman has been a lecturer for art at the Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv.

Felice Hapetzeder (Sweden)
Yesterday was no good day, 2014, 6:00
An explorer in projects has reached the end of the road in search for creative meaning. The desire is to travel, the search for The Project and historical mystery. Is the artist a postcolonial tourist of sorts, a self-imposed challenger of cultural frontiers? There is very little, if any, remaining architecture from the days of Japanese occupation (1942-1945) in Singapore. The Japanese army built a Shinto temple respectively a shrine to honour their fallen in Bukit Timah Reserve and MacRitchie reservoir, two of the few remaining pockets of primary rainforest in the country.

Born in Stockholm 1973. Studied at Konstfack, University College of Arts Crafts and Design, art department, MFA in 2002. Postgraduate video project Royal Institute of Art 2002-03. Part of art group Local A. (with Jenny Berntsson since 2009). Exhibitions and screenings include Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2014, Norrköping Art Museum, Acting in the City 2013. 5th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar, Cairo 2013. The solo show Struck at Haninge konsthall 2012. Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010. Uppsala Art Museum 2009. Istanbul Art Biennial, Nightcomers 2007. La ciudad y el Barrio, 2a parte, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires 2006. Blick New Nordic Cinema and Video 2001-2002.

Che-Yu Hsu (Taiwan)
November 11th 1970, 2012, 8:01
This work is about “Collective unconscious”. This is a piece of news about sitting statuary at Zhongshan Park in 1970. That was the period of martial law. Every image of my work is from Zhongshan Park, and the credit roll subtitles are derived from the old news video. Of course it’s not a memorial work. It’s about irony. This history is not true for me; I can only sense it as a ghost. Although I went back to Zhongshan Park to film, the park in my work is no longer a history, nor the real moment.

Exhibition in 2012-2014: “Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival”, Auditorium, Cannes, France/Shanghai, China. “Animamix Biennale”, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China. “NordArt 2014”, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Germany. “Uncleam Project”, SomoS Art House, Berlin, Germany. “Highlights of New Media Arts from the Museum Collection”, National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan. “N-Minutes Video Art Festival”, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, China. “Time-based Art Festival 2013”, The Queens Museum of Art, New York, America. “Shanghai Biennale”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China. “Dying Eyes”, Schmiede, Austria. “Taiwan Biennial”, National Taiwan Museum, Taiwan. “Models”, Society for Arts and Technology, Montreal, Canada. “Ambiguous Being”, tamtamART, Berlin, Germany/ Kav16 gallery, Israel.

Kenji Kojima (Japan)
Composition Fukushima 2011, 2014
The Fukushima nuclear plants accident has not been stopped. It still has been going to contaminate the ocean and the soil. “Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011” was composed from RGB color data of news photographs of Fukushima nuclear disaster on the internet news sites by algorithm. The music was not an impression of a photograph of musical variations. It composed a score from image data directly. The art work performs a music with the original new image, the mosaic score, binary data of the score, and coordinates in RGB color space of the notes.

Kenji Kojima has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music and visual art since early 90s. He was born in Japan, and moved to New York in 1980. Software art “RGB Music” was started in 2007. It was an interdisciplinary artwork that converted visual data into a music by algorithm in attempts to discover relations between visuals and musics. The RGB Music series were exhibited in New York city, media art festivals of several cites in Europe, Brazil and other regions.

Konstantin Larchenko (Russia)
Story, 2014, 28:00
Two small-town journalist are going to interview the last veteran of the Second World War about the Holiday. But they came under fires. It turned out that local authorities want to take away veteran’s house. When they found out the real story they have to decide to tell the truth, save the veteran and be hired or…

Konstantin Larchenko is novice director.

Richard Legaspi (Philippines)
Waiting, 2013, 14: 43
“Manenaya” (Waiting) is a story of a determined woman and her journey through life under the backdrop of the various landscapes of Pampanga. She brings with her a wooden casket for her husband, a victim of political killings. The film is a journey in search for truth and personal triumph through the challenges of life.

Richard Soriano Legaspi is a graduate of Fine Arts, major in advertising at the University of the East. He is a fellow of the prestigious Asian Film Academy of Busan International Film Festival. He studied filmmaking under renowned filmmakers like Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. He gained recognitions when he started directing poetic films. His works: “Pintuan” and “Kahon,” both finalists at the End Frame Video Project and official Philippine entries to Viewpoints of the World inNetherlands. However, his filmmaking life really took off when he did “Ambulancia,” which competed and received citations in different film festivals (Dubai, Asiana, Bangkok, San Gio,Budapest, Grand-Off Warsaw, Bradford,San Francisco, Patras andAustria). His achievements were even multiplied when he represented thePhilippinesin major festivals and won a prestigious award inItaly. Two more award-winning short films entitled “Pagtakas sa Kawalan” (Escape to Nothingness), a Philippine-South Korea co-production and “Kinulayang Kiti” (Hand-Painted Feathers), a film grant under National Commission for Culture and the Arts were added to his increasing list of pride. Both films have been widely presented in film festivals abroad along with his first full-length film “Paano Ko Sasabihin?” starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales. The said full-length film won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing at the 2009 Cinema One Originals and a finalist in Babel Film Festival inItaly.
Legaspi is a Gawad Cultural Centerof the Philippines awardee in 2010 and 2011 and Carlos Palanca Awardee for his screenplay “PRIMERA BELLA” in 2012.

Elisabeth Leister (USA)
Strange Loop, 2014, 6.45
The impact of time and space on individual and shared memory is the primary theme in Strange Loop. Video footage, found photographs, drawing and abstract digital painting are woven into a reflective account that questions how images can connect us to places and to each other.
This internalization of time and place is explored through the contrast of actual experiences and visual representations of place, specifically from a recent trip to Iceland. The loop of memory and the blurring of precise details figure prominently.

Elizabeth Leister received an MFA in sculpture from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts at Bard College and a BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art.
Her work has been exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Museum of Art, and the North Dakota Museum of Art; Art in General, Apex Art and P.S. 122 in New York; and Highways in Santa Monica
Leister has performed at Perform Chinatown, and LACE in Los Angeles. Her networked performances have been presented at the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries in Wales, The University of Reno, Outpost Artists Resources in New York and in Low Lives 2 &
Leister lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Filip Gabriel Pudło (Poland)
Operation Castle, 2013, 4.20, 10:00
Linguistic summaries for “Operation Castle” (1954) film where possible machine analysis and description of moving image were examined. Framework for linguistic summaries using video mining algorithms was proposed. Image analysis based on machine algorithms was simulated on technical level. In a near future full analysis on both technical and symbolic, more abstract levels may be also considered. Hermeneutic character of the original footage was retained. The study of peripheral vision, technology development and politics.

Filip Gabriel Pudło born in 1976, Poland. Graduated from Warsaw University of Technology and The Polish National Film, Television and Theater School in Lodz at Cinematography and Television Production Department. He lives and works in Warsaw.
Selected exhibitions: The Niche in the Fine Arts, University of Virginia, USA (solo); Photomonth Festival Cracow, ShowOFF program, Poland (solo); Now&After International Video Art Festival (1st-2nd prize), Moscow, Russia; Only Winners (Now&After selection), Kyoto Seika University, Japan; Videoholica (Special Selection), Varna, Bulgaria; Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece; Labour in a single shot, Muzeum Sztuki MS1, Lodz, Poland; New Video Energies, Museum of Cinematography, Poland;

Denes Rusza (Hungary)
Kids, 2014, 4:06
„Fairytales don’t tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist.”
Short video with sculptures of Judit Rita Rabóczky.

Dénes Ruzsa and Fruzsina Spitzer have been making short films and documentaries. Their films have screened at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, amongst others, in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Greece, UK, France, Russia, Canada and USA. From 2007 they have been making films commissioned by artists, museums and art galleries. They also work as a photographer for books, catalogues and art magazines.

Mauricio Sanhueza (Peru)
Do You Smell That, 2014; 2:15
In July 2012 Peru regained its former distinction as the world’s top cocaine producer, according to an annual White House report that says Peruvian cocaine production was 358 tons.For this video I took well known movie clips and combined it with the video trailer’s audio about Peru as an exotic tourist destination made by the Peruvian Government. In this particular case the video is a sarcastic way to tell the viewer about the sense of smell and the connection of snorting cocaine for fun without knowing the violence and death that leads with it. So there is nothing wrong with your computer or TV screen, the aesthetics of the video is by choice.

Mauricio Sanhueza (Peru,1978), studied at the University of Lima from 1996 until 2000. He then continued his studies at the Lima visual arts school, Corriente Alterna, graduating in 2006 with top honors. In 2011 he obtain a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from San Marcos University. Since 2004 he has participated in several collective art exhibits and festivals in Peru and abroad. Mauricio’s videos have been screened at many international video-art and experimental short-film festivals and have won many awards.

Veniamin Tronin (Russia)
Hearth, 2013, 30:00
Through the conflict between the officials and employees of the Center of Amateur Culture there shown a story of a Russian endangered provincial town. Yesterday there was destroyed the center of spiritual life, a kind an urban church, today – the center of culture and tomorrow the whole town will be erased from the face of Russia.
Yesterday’s crime against the homeland generates the current delinquency and deprives it of the future.
This is a movie about amateur actors and their Palace of Culture, trying to survive in the time escaping from them.

Veniamin Tronin was born 14.07.1960 in the north of the city of Glazov in Udmurtia (Russia).
He graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky) State University in 1987 and Studio of Feature Films Production by Vladimir Hotinenko, Paul Finn and Vladimir Fenchenko of Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors in 2002.
The creator and director of “Udmurt studio” Kinoglaz-ov”. Honored Artist of Udmurtia.

Alienor Vallet (France)
Chronicle of the 6th reach, 2013, 7:00
Between the station St-Denis and the last lock, on the confluence with the Seine, a Roma camp settled along the 6th reach of the channel St-Denis lives his last moments. Chronicle of the 6th reach questions the city in transformation.

After studies in social sciences and communication and a practice of argentic photography, Aliénor Vallet realizes his first documentaries within RegarDcultures. She begins to work as video artist for the live performance and develops, at the same time, videodance works. Pursuing her researches on body, language and video, she creates experimental videos and video installations within ArtVidéo Lab.

Alina Vasilchenko (Russia)
I like going the the Pet Stores, 2014,7:00
The film tells a story of person who can’t accept the imperfect world and its injustice. On the other hand this person isn’t strong enough to fight, so feeling lonelyness and weakness, he tries to hide inside dreams and illusions.

I studied filmmaking in the oldest Russian film studio at “Mosfilm filmmakers course” , which gave me the possibility to learn from professionals who worked with such masters as Tarkovsky, Konchalovsky, Paradjanov. Having worked as a film producer assistant for 5 yers, I decided to try to make my own films using the experience and the simple technical equipment that I have.
I have shown my works in Rostov-on-Don, Moscow and Berlin, I have participated in several international online projects.

Simon Welch (France)
Focus, 2014, 7:37
A film about the narratives we tell ourselves to make sense of the imperfect narrative of our lives. Pierre, a retired French miner, who lives surrounded by birds and various domestic pets, describes how his life has been blighted by supernatural events. These references made to ghosts parallel sequences showing industrial remains preserved as memorials in the landscape, representing traces of a recent but nonetheless bygone age. The presence of caged birds recalls the use of canaries as warning systems in mines, but Pierre cannot escape forces (real or imaginary, psychological or socio-economic) unbound by geographical and physical constraints

Simon Welch is a British video artist who has lived in France since 1994. Following a foundation diploma in Art from West Surrey College of Art and Design and a BA in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic, he pursued his studies at Strasbourg University where he obtained an MA and then a PhD in visual arts. His work has been regularly exhibited in international video festivals

Zaoli Zhong (China)
A Dangerous Question, 2012, 5:35
This video is based on the concept: the part of a part. I chose a real story of a friend of mine who went back to Syria and died in Homs on May 28th, 2012. The video is about conversations, memories and questions between him and me.
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Zaoli Zhong graduated from Beijing Dance Academy, which is the best dance academy in China. She has been a professional dancer since 1997. During the past 15 years, she has been trying to explore the relationship between conversations of body language and movements from one person to another in the dancing world.
Since 2004, she has turned her attentions to dance on the screen instead of traditional dancing performance in the theater. Combining the dancing language and screening language, she has found the different approaches for the dance on screen on different purposes.
Since 2011, she has been studying in the video art MFA program in Syracuse University, USA. Continuing the dance on the screen and exploring a new field, she experienced the functions of dancing being in the different fields, such as film, painting, animation, web as well as technology.

Xiaowen Zhu (China)
Terminal island, 2013, 10:50
Terminal Island represents a visual and psychological journey inside a recycling company, where the world of materials ends and restarts. Through nuanced manipulation of documentary footage, the artist is interested in presenting an alternative perception of time and space in a geologically specific and yet philosophically ambiguous environment.

Xiaowen Zhu is a media artist, scholar and curator. Described as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher, She uses video, photography, performance, installation and mixed media as platforms to communicate the complicated experience of being an international and to wrestle with the notion of a disembodied identity.
Zhu is currently based in Los Angeles, USA. She is the first receipt of the TASML Artist Residency Award and Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Post-MFA Fellowship. She was an artist-in-residence at ZKM | Center for Art and MEdia Karlsruhe, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, and Marymount University California. Zhu’s works have been shown at Art Basel Hongkong, ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), DOK Munich (Munich, Germany), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA), Shanghai eArts Festival(Shanghai, China) and more.